Swimming you may have missed (Day 2)

2024 US Olympic Trials

The second day of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials is over. We’ve seen a lot of story lines converge: Carson Foster’s redemption arc, Gretchen Walsh’s coronation, and her stunt swimming. But again, let’s sit back and take a look at some swimmers that have flown under the radar.

Owen McDonald, who announced his transfer to Indiana after the NCAAs, had a nearly two-second landing in the 200 freestyle as he won his prelims (1:48.05). The crowd of 17,697 people this morning gave him a warm welcome. In his second season with ASU, McDonald was the Sun Devils’ third-leading scorer. It’s a promising result for the 200 IM later in this meet, an event in which he is defending his NCAA runner-up spot.

Cal is a female student Keaton Jones He also had a strong swim in the 200 freestyle, clocking under 1:50 for the first time (1:48.23). This finish bodes well for his 200m back, as he has great momentum behind him this season.

Josh Parent He is another freshman who has broken the time barrier. He cut about a second off his best time in the 400 to dip under 4:20 for the first time (4:19.98).

Levi Sandidge He just missed the 400m finals, but his ninth-place finish represents a 2.85-second drop from his previous best from 2022 (4:17.35). The Kentucky sophomore is known for his flair in the NCAA format.

Gina Fazeli, the 2022 and 2023 D3 NCAA champion in the 100 breaststroke, set a personal best in the prelims (1:09.10) to finish 19th overall. Fazili only has one year left at Kenyon College, a perennial powerhouse in D3.

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